Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS)

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DSPS Student Responsibilities

Reasonable Accommodations, Responsibilities, Rights and Appeal

Student Responsibilities:


  • It is the student’s responsibility to provide documentation of disability to DSPS to support requests for services.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to participate in an interactive process with a DSPS Specialist to determine eligibility for accommodations and services.
  • Once the student is eligible for services, it is the student’s responsibility to request accommodations in a timely manner each semester from DSPS and from their instructors.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to participate in a careful, deliberative, interactive process with the DSPS Specialist and instructor to reach an agreement on an effective method of reasonable accommodation. In order to reach agreement on reasonable accommodations the student, DSPS Specialist and SBCC instructor must ensure that each accommodation meets the following criteria.

  A reasonable accommodation:

    • Maintains the instructor’s ability to measure the student’s demonstration of skills.
    • Maintains the same academic standards for all students.
    • Maintains the fundamental nature of the instructor/student relationship.
    • Maintains the fundamental requirements of the educational program.
    • Promotes the maximum independence and integration of the student.
    • Relates directly to the student’s participation in the educational process at SBCC.
    • Relates directly to specific functional limitations resulting from a verified disability.
    • Is feasible, effective and timely.
    • Provides equal opportunity by removing a disability-related barrier.


  • It is the student’s responsibility to follow all SBCC regulations, policies and procedures.
  • It is the student’s responsibly to meet academic standards and demonstrate academic progress as established by SBCC.
  • Students will make all arrangements for their own personal needs, with their own personal service attendant if necessary. These personal needs include, but are not limited to, eating and drinking, personal hygiene, taking medication, adjustment of clothing, handling personal items, getting around the city and the campus, or impulse and behavior control.   Students are required to reach agreement with a DSPS Specialist if they wish to bring a community personal service attendant to an SBCC class for disability related personal reasons. Please note that SBCC does not hire attendants for personal use or provide services of a personal nature and is not required to do so (Section 504 Rehabilitation Act sub section 104.44). It is the responsibility of the student and personal service attendant to follow all SBCC regulations, policies and procedures. The attendant provides personal needs only. All requests for academic accommodations for class and tests must be referred to DSPS.

Student Rights:
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and other regulations governing access to higher education, mandate that all qualified students with a disability will have access to classes, programs, services, activities, facilities, technology, media, and communication systems.
  • Title 5 of the Education Code, (55750 of Subchapter 8 of Chapter 6 of Division 6) requires that SBCC faculty and administration will establish and maintain fundamental academic requirements in a reasoned, deliberative manner, utilizing relevant expertise.
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act , Public Law 93-579, 20 U.S.C. 1232 (g), assures that all records maintained by DSPS personnel pertaining to the student’s disabilities shall be protected from disclosure and shall be subject to all other requirements for handling of student records. However, the student’s consent to release information is not required as long as the disclosure is to other school officials, including instructors within the college, who have legitimate educational interests. Pursuant to Section 7 of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; 5 U.S.C. 552a, the student will provide his/her social security number only on a voluntary basis.

 Student Appeal Process:


  • If the student, DSPS, and instructor cannot reach an agreement about accommodation within five (5) instruction days, DSPS, the instructor, or the student will refer the matter, in writing, to the instructional department chair and DSPS Dean.
  • The DSPS Dean will consult with the student, instructor, instructional department chair, instructional department Dean, and DSPS. The DSPS Dean will make a decision in writing regarding the accommodation within five (5) instruction days of having received the matter.
  • If DSPS, the instructor, or the student, disagrees with the decision, they will follow the SBCC grievance procedure.
  • No later than 15 instructional days from the time the matter is first referred to the DSPS Dean, if agreement has not yet been reached, the DSPS Dean may initiate the student’s requested accommodation for a maximum of 15 instructional days pending a final decision. If the final decision from the grievance procedure is that the accommodation is found not to be reasonable, the accommodation will be either modified or rescinded, at which point the college is not permitted to ask the student to redo any work completed while the accommodation was in place.
  • If the student wishes to bypass the college grievance procedure and immediately file a formal complaint of unlawful discrimination on the basis of disability, the student may follow the SBCC discrimination complaint procedure. The student may also file a complaint with the California Office of Civil Rights.




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